By: Caitlin Forst, Office of Communications
Bishop Loverde will be celebrating a Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, Arlington, and a Mass for Christmas morning at Saint Anthony of Padua, Falls Church. Later in the day, he will bless and serve the more than 50 people who will arrive for their Christmas meal at Christ House, Alexandria.
Amidst our busy Christmas plans, Bishop Loverde reminds us in his Christmas letter about the deepest desires of our hearts:
“There is a deep longing in the human heart for enduring love, and because God is Love (cf. I Jn 4:8), this deep desire is really a longing for God. Indeed, God alone can fulfill this yearning, for He created within us this innermost longing for Him.
“One word captures how God fulfills this deep hunger in the human heart: ‘Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.’ Because He loves us so infinitely, God has journeyed to us. Our Holy Father expresses this so beautifully, ‘Yes indeed, God has set out towards us. Left to ourselves we could not reach him. The path is too much for our strength. But God has come down. He comes towards us. He has travelled the longer part of the journey. Now he invites us: come and see how much I love you. Come and see that I am here’ (Homily at Midnight Mass, 2009).”
Read the entire Christmas letter here.